Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Desert Siege (2002)

by Christopher
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A tactical expansion to the Ghost Recon series, Desert Siege transports players to the volatile region of East Africa, where they must lead the Ghosts to victory in a high-stakes conflict.


Explore the intense military conflict of East Africa with Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Desert Siege, a pivotal expansion in the acclaimed Ghost Recon series that tests your strategic prowess and combat skills.


The game’s plot is set in 2009, nearly one year after a war in Russia. Old hostilities between Eritrea and Ethiopia have resurfaced. Colonel Tesfaye Wolde of the Ethiopian army had participated in illegal arms trades with Russian ultra-nationalists, who were selling arms at low prices to finance their coup d’état the previous year. With a newly refurbished arsenal, Colonel Wolde overthrows the Ethiopian government and seizes the opportunity to reclaim Eritrea, which gained its independence in 1993.

The situation garners international interest when the conflict threatens shipping lanes in the Red Sea. In response to a plea from the Eritrean government for international support, the United States mobilizes the Ghosts, an elite team of U.S. Army Green Berets, to stop Colonel Wolde from advancing any further.

The Ghosts arrive in Eritrea, destroying an Ethiopian occupation camp near a beach and retaking control of an Eritrean oil refinery that had been captured by the Ethiopian army. The Ghosts then capture a train depot from the Ethiopians, gaining enemy intelligence in the process. They then escort a humanitarian aid convoy.

They push the Ethiopians out of Eritrea and capture one of Wolde’s high-ranking lieutenants. Wolde attempts to reinvade Eritrea in a last act of defiance by leading a tank column across the border, but is killed by the Ghosts. The remnants of the Ethiopian army surrender to the U.S. military, the legitimate government of Ethiopia is restored, and Eritrea is liberated.


The Ghosts – elite U.S. Army Green Berets, Ethiopian Forces – the antagonists threatening regional stability, Eritrean Allies – local forces collaborating with the Ghosts.


Featuring a mix of real-time strategy and tactical shooter elements, players command the Ghosts through critical missions, utilizing advanced military tactics and technology to overcome adversaries and achieve objectives.


Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Desert Siege remains a landmark in tactical military simulation, offering an immersive experience that blends strategic gameplay with a realistic portrayal of modern warfare.

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